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Shalako (1968)

M/PG | | Western | 13 December 1968 (UK)
In 1880 New Mexico, a group of European hunters runs afoul of the Apache but is aided by an ex-cavalryman turned guide.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), James Griffith (screenplay) (as J.J. Griffith) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Shalako
Brigitte Bardot ... Irina Lazaar
Stephen Boyd ... Bosky Fulton
Jack Hawkins ... Sir Charles Daggett
Peter van Eyck ... Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)
Honor Blackman ... Lady Daggett
Woody Strode ... Chato
Eric Sykes ... Mako
Alexander Knox ... Henry Clarke
Valerie French ... Elena Clarke
Julián Mateos ... Rojas (as Julian Mateos)
Don 'Red' Barry ... Buffalo (as Donald Barry)
Rodd Redwing ... Chato's Father
Chief Tug Smith Chief Tug Smith ... Loco (as 'Chief' Tug Smith)
Hans De Vries Hans De Vries ... Hans
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Shalako, the hunter and tracker, has to save a party of European hunters who are in danger from an Indian uprising. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Sean Connery is Shalako! Shalako means action! Action means Bardot!

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Western

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Release Date:

13 December 1968 (UK) See more »

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Edward Dmytryk's Shalako See more »

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Budget:

$1,455,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brigitte Bardot's marriage to wealthy German playboy Gunter Sachs was crumbling when shooting began on this movie in Almeria, Spain. There was plenty of press coverage which speculated that there was a liaison between Bardot and Stephen Boyd, with whom she had made The Night Heaven Fell (1958). Apparently, though, it was French singer Serge Gainsbourg with whom Miss Bardot had had a torrid affair, although it too had come to an end when she arrived in Spain to begin filming. Gainsbourg laments the end of their affair in his song "Initials BB", where he sings "Almeria, Almeria" as it fades out. See more »

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A flaming arrow hits one of the covered wagons along the side, but it goes up in flames at the front above the driver's seat. See more »

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Countess Irina Lazaar: Shalako - it's a strange name.
Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: Yeah. It means "rain-bringer." Zuni Indian.
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The assault and killing of Lady Daggett was heavily cut from UK cinema prints though later video releases were intact. See more »

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Shalako
Words by Jim Dale
Music by Robert Farnon (uncredited)
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Europeans get to play cowboy
31 August 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The idea behind Shalako is not as preposterous as it sounds. Lots of European nobles came here for hunting parties during the American wild west period. As was pointed out in the beginning of Shalako among others was the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia where Buffalo Bill served as a guide to his party.

That being said I'm sure none of them were as dense as Peter Van Eyck who when warned of Indian danger, refuse to leave an area. Quite frankly those Indians should have wiped those blockheads out and would have if not for the efforts of intrepid Indian scout Shalako, played by Sean Connery in a cowboy suit.

Connery looks real nice, but if he wanted to play a western a better script would have done for him. Sean knows this thing is a turkey, but if you had the opportunity to work with Brigette Bardot, would you pass it up.

Stephen Boyd is the best one here as the turncoat guide of the Europeans. Boyd was a good looking man with a trace of arrogance in his screen persona that made him right for a part like Messala in Ben-Hur, but wrong for Livius in The Fall of the Roman Empire. He's back in his proper element.

And I can't give the ending away, but folks take my word for it, it is ridiculous.

Still if you want to see some unfamiliar faces for westerns, this is a good movie to see.


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